Maharashtra government has decided to gift Rs 50,000 to a couple opting for inter-caste marriage. The state cabinet on Tuesday took the decision with the view to abolish caste system in the state by encouraging inter-caste marriages, an official from CMO said. Earlier, the amount was Rs 15,000, he added.
The government would give a cheque of Rs 20,000 and invest Rs 25,000 in postal savings scheme, Indira Vikas Patra, in the name of the couple. The remaining amount would be given in form of marriage expenditure or household things, the official said.
The government has been implementing the scheme from 1958 and 50 per cent of the fund is given by the Centre.
Government of Uttar Pradesh : Times of India : 05-10-2009
Uttar Pradesh government will give cash incentive and interest-free loan to couples opting for inter-caste or inter-religion marriages to set up cottage industries, a national integration departemnt spokesman said here on Monday.
"On application, such couples may get interest-free loan of upto Rs 15,000 subject to approval by the district industries centre," he said.
The loan sanctioned will be payable after a period of two years in 10 equal half-yearly installments.
"Such couples will also get a cash reward of Rs 10,000 and a medal," the spokesman said.